Saltersley Moss Summer c. Andre Meulen

Saltersley Moss Summer c. Andre Meulen

Saltersley Moss

Saltersley Moss

Saltersley Moss

Raised bog with a small population of green hairstreak butterfly

Location

To the west of Wilmslow
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 6DN
A static map of Saltersley Moss

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

No

Access

No. Sorry this reserve is closed to the public.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Closed to the public

Best time to visit

Closed to the public

About the reserve

Saltersley Moss is a small remnant of lowland raised bog, largely dried out due to commercial peat cutting on the adjacent Lindow Common. The reserve was established in 1965 to preserve a small sample of the peat surface. Unlike its surroundings, Saltersely Moss has not been cut for peat, however it no longer exhibits typical bog habitats due to its damaged hydrology. As peat exploitation continues, the water table lowers and the moss becomes drier. This allows birch, oak, alder, buckthorn and bracken to colonise.

Today, mature heather and bilberry are dominant with an abundance of purple moor grass. Small carpets of sphagnum moss are present beneath the dwarf shrubs. An area of wet woodland grows over much of the reserve, however efforts are made to prevent any further succession through felling and pulling. The invasion of bracken is combated through regular cutting and spraying. The green hairstreak butterfly breeds here and can be seen flying in the late spring. 

Contact us

Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01948 820728
Contact email: info@cheshirewt.org.uk